Say Hello to Amy Felder, Art Specialist at Bullis Charter School, Los Altos
SVT: What do you like most about being a teacher?
AF: What I like most about teaching is that I get to be creative every day.
SVT: Is it a special joy you see in the growth and motivation throughout the year of your students?
AF: There is definitely a special joy in seeing students grow throughout the year. There’s nothing more rewarding than looking at my students’ art portfolios and seeing how much their artwork has changed and improved from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year.
SVT: What do you see as the role of the teacher in the classroom and learning process?
AF: I see the role of the teacher in the classroom and learning process as a facilitator. The teacher leads students on a journey of self-discovery and self-exploration. As a facilitator, the teacher creates opportunities where students learn from themselves and from each other.
What have been your most positive teaching experiences?
AF: My most positive teaching experiences have been helping individual students recognize their artistic strengths and tap into their own creativity. I love cultivating a student’s passion for art.
SVT: When away from school and homework of your own, what interests and hobbies do you enjoy?
AF: When away from school, I enjoy reading, painting and practicing yoga. My favorite past-time is exploring the Bay area on long hikes with my husband, Joseph, and my dog, Stark.
About Amy Felder
Amy is ecstatic to be joining Bullis Charter School’s faculty as an Art Specialist! Amy grew up in the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina. Amy was valedictorian of her class at Broome High School. Then Amy moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend college. In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude from the Honor’s Program at the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art with grades K-12 certification and a BA in English with Secondary Education certification. During college, Amy completed a concentration in painting and studied art in Amsterdam and Paris through a study abroad program. Since graduating, Amy has taught high school English and elementary art in several schools in the Charleston area. For the past four summers, Amy has taught a specialized course on mosaics for Charleston County School District’s SMAART program, which serves artistically gifted and talented students ages nine to fourteen. Amy has also taught private art lessons, helping several students successfully apply to Charleston County’s School of the Arts, one of SC’s top high schools. In addition to teaching, Amy has served as a leader for future teachers by helping prepare Charleston Southern University students to become elementary teachers. She has also completed eighteen hours in graduate courses, and in 2012, she earned her National Board Teaching Certification for Art/Early and Middle Childhood.
While Amy is a very committed and dedicated teacher, she is also a talented oil painter, who has had her artwork in several exhibitions in South Carolina. In 2003, she exhibited in the Sidewalk of the Arts show sponsored by Converse College. She exhibited in the Heads (2004) and in the Young Contemporaries (2004 and 2006) juried art shows presented by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2009, Amy was awarded third place in the South Carolina Art Education Association Art Show. A trip to California in the spring of 2009 inspired a series of landscapes, which she later exhibited the following year in two Teachers as Artists shows and in the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art Exhibition. That same trip also inspired Amy and her husband, Joseph, to move to California this summer. Amy is very passionate about teaching and about the opportunity to share her love of art with the students at BCS. She wants to help her students embrace their talents and develop their drawing, painting, and sculpting skills to their fullest potentials.